Queen MargotDirector: Patrice Chéreau
The historical novel by Alexandre Dumas was adapted for the screen with this lavish French epic, winner of 5 Césars and a pair of awards at the Cannes Film Festival. Isabelle Adjani stars as Marguerite de Valois, better known as Margot, daughter of scheming Catholic power player Catherine de Medici (Virna Lisi). Margot is an heiress to the throne during the late 16th century reign of the neurotic, hypochondriac King Charles IX (Jean-Hugues Anglade), a time when Protestants and Catholics are vying for political control of France. Catherine decides to make an overture of good will by offering up Margot in marriage to prominent Protestant Huguenot Henri of Navarre (Daniel Auteuil), although she also schemes to bring about the notorious St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of 1572, when tens of thousands of Protestants are slaughtered. The marriage goes forward but Margot doesn't love Henri and takes a lover, the soldier La Mole (Vincent Perez), also a Protestant from a well-to-do family. Murders by poisoning follow, as court intrigues multiply and Catherine's villainous plotting to place her son Anjou (Pascal Greggory) on the throne threatens the lives of La Mole, Margot and Henri. The American release version was cut to 145 minutes.
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Cast & Crew
|Daniel Auteuil||Henri of Navarre|
|Jean-Hugues Anglade||Charles IX|
|Vincent Perez||La Mole|
|Virna Lisi||Catherine of Medici|
|Dominique Blanc||Henriette of Nevers|
|Asia Argento||Charlotte of Sauve|
|Emmanuel Salinger||Du Bartas|
|Richard Bohringer||Voice of Coconnas [uncredited]|
|Moidele Bickel||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Goran Bregovic||Score Composer|
|Georges Demetreau||Special Effects|
|Jerome Enrico||Asst. Director|
|Pierre Grunstein||Executive Producer|
|Dominique Hennequin||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Sophie Martel||Set Decoration/Design|
|Richard Peduzzi||Production Designer|
|Olivier Radot||Production Designer|
|Kuno Schlegelmilch||Makeup Special Effects|
|Guillaume Sciama||Sound/Sound Designer|
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Exceptional portrayal by Isabelle Adjani. Masterful seductive powers by most of the actors. The wicked are truly sensual beasts acting out their primal urges. Perez is caught in a turbulent whirlwind between royal forces and tragic fates. Timeless film, cinematography is tight on the emotions. Scene setups, the arches of faces in and out of light, backgrounds of lustful figures or cowering underlings. This film has so much to see in every shot. The writers did a fine job of taking the best of Dumas and history to reveal this tale of power and passion.
This is a really great historical film that seems to capture the times really well. It involves the early struggles between catholics and protestants, and being an American, it's hard to understand what all the fuss is about! It's beautifully done and there is never a dull moment with all the castle intrigue and affairs. I had trouble recognizing characters the first time I watched it, but it was clearer the second time. And it's nice to see a non usa film because they don't hold back and worry about offending someone, or go overboard if they do. There are some disturbing images, but none of it is gratuitous. I highly recommend it, if you don't mind reading subtitles (or speak french).
La Reine Margot", a pure example of fine European film-making, the film takes you back to the time of 15th century France, wonderful performances from Adjani and Auteiuil, both had an excellent chemistry. Jean-Hugues Anglade, words alone will fail to describe his performance in the role of the King, he was fabulous. Pascal Greggory was excellent, even through his role was brief. Vincent Perez delivers a good performance as well. the most prominent word about this very film could be 'Realistic and Genuine', thrown lights on the events that took place in 1572, France (the Saint Batholomew's Day Massacre). Almost everyone delivers a brilliant performance, If you are into French History or just good drama, you cannot afford to miss this wonderful film. a film with perfection in all scenes, surely wont disappoint you. A fine example of Fine french cinema. Worth appreciating indeed.